Secret to Picking an On-Time Flight

Travelers pick flights by price and schedule. But if you want to get there as planned, it’s worth paying attention to which type of plane you choose. A data dive shows different types of planes within airline fleets have varying records for on-time arrivals and cancellations. At some carriers, older planes have more delays. Sometimes it’s brand-new planes that suffer more glitches. More important than age: How each airline flies and fixes particular planes impacts whether you’ll be late or stranded. Travelers often don’t have an aircraft choice–airlines serve some routes only with regional jets or particular wide-body types. But many busy routes have a variety of aircraft, and passengers can pick planes when booking reservations. To see how specific planes stack up, click here.